June 20, 2013
|A roadside placard posted earlier this year before the|
impeachment of ex-governor Fitial
The original arrest warrant was vacated and replaced by a penal summons in March 2013. However, since criminal charges were filed against him, the ex-governor has not contacted the Office of the Public Auditor or anyone in the CNMI to respond to the charges.
In May 2013 Special Prosecutor George Hasselback requested that the court reissue the arrest warrant. He appealed to the judge again Monday stating that he needed the warrant so that the case could proceed. Finally, yesterday (Thursday June 20th Saipan time) Judge Wiseman reissued the arrest warrant.
It should not be difficult for authorities to locate Fitial who is reportedly staying in Makati, Philippines with his wife Josie.
Fitial will not likely return on his own and will most likely show up in handcuffs like his co-conspirator ex-AG Edward Buckingham did.